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Computer can't access floppy drive

by jerrywh1 / April 6, 2004 3:21 AM PDT

1.1 gig K7, XP Home Edition, 512 meg ram...When I click "My Computer" the floppy drive, is not shown, the rest of the drives are. In "device manager" the floppy is shown, but it indicates it has a problem. When "booting up" a msg. states "seeking boot record from floppy drive" I have ran "Norton Win Doctor", "Scan Disk", "Anti Virus", "Defrag" replaced the drive, unistalled it, and re-installed it. Everything else is working great.
Thanks in advance for any ideas.

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Re:Computer can't access floppy drive
by glb613 / April 6, 2004 3:29 AM PDT

It could be a bad floppy drive. The device manager isn't always right when it indicates a device is working properly.

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Re:Re:Computer can't access floppy drive
by mbuc310 / April 6, 2004 7:08 AM PDT

Bad drive, bad cable, cable attached backwards... is the drive lite ON all the time? If so, cable on backwards

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Re:Computer can't access floppy drive
by Highlander157 / April 22, 2004 4:00 AM PDT

With computer off;
turn on, and tap delete key;
scroll to the next folder on top;
scroll down to floppy disc configuration;
then check off the disable box;
when finished hit the f10 key;look at the bottom right hand corner enable then exit.

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Re: Computer can't access floppy drive = it's almost laughable
by Rollo / April 22, 2004 6:46 AM PDT

We're all fools really, bear with me on this one: We have processors running at over three gigahertz based on 0.6 micron silicon wafer technology. The numbers really are awesome, think about it, that's 3,000 cycles per nanosecond. DDRAM runs at 6 nanoseconds on an 800 megahertz FSB. We've got over 200 gigabyte hard drives revolving at 10,000 revolutions per minute. Discrete devices on today's motherboards are as small as the eggs laid by butterflies and moths. Then ... to this ... we connect a floppy disk drive. O man, I got a headache ... from the hysterical laugher which kinda suddenly came over me. But, hey, buy a new one, if you really must. Regards & no offence intended.

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Check Your BIOS Setup
by nworley / April 22, 2004 7:37 AM PDT

It may be as simple as your "Legacy Floppy Drive" is not turned on. I can disable the floppy drive in my BIOS and it will show in the hardware windows as working properly, but it will not show in "MY Computer Window" You also have operational control of the drive in the "Advanced Setup Screen", under Intergrated Peripherals, as well as "First Boot device=Floppy"

If you turn off the Floppy Disk Access Controller under Intergrated Peripherals, and have the floppy as your first boot device, then the machine haults and gives you a message that it cannot find the floppy drive.

Norm

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